Govt may clarify it holds Manmohan in 'high esteem'

Govt may clarify it holds Manmohan in 'high esteem'

The government is likely to convey to Parliament -- when it reconvenes after Christmas break -- that it holds former prime minister Manmohan Singh in "high esteem" to break the stalemate over PM Narendra Modi's remarks against his predecessor during his poll campaign in Gujarat.

With a formula being worked to end the impasse, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel has already met the former PM in this regard and conveyed the government's message that it never intended to disrespect him in any way, sources said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to make the statement about the government's "highest regards" for the ex-PM when the House meets on Wednesday.

Ever since the winter session of Parliament commenced on December 15, it was marred by disruptions over Modi's remarks over a dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar for Pakistani diplomats, which was attended by Manmohan Singh. Congress MPs trooped into the well forcing the Houses to adjourn without transacting major business.

Initially, the Congress insisted on Modi tendering an apology to the former PM in Parliament.

Last Friday after he adjouned the House, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asked the leaders of the treasury bench and the Congress to negotiate a solution. Jaitley, who is also leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, and leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad agreed to try and resolve the impasse. Naidu had already indicated that he could not ask the PM to clarify his remark, as demanded by the Opposition, as the incident happened in Gujarat and not inside the House.

Naidu said he was "bound by House rules" and asked the two sides to resolve the issue.

Both the Houses were adjourned on Friday till December 27 after the Congress refused to allow them function, insisting on a clarification on Modi's comment linking him with Pakistan.  The  Congress also asked the BJP to apologise for the charges it had made about the 2G spectrum scam also as ex-telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi stood acquitted.

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